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Rihab Chaieb


  • Acclaimed for her “sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity” and the ability to “command the stage with authority”, Canadian-Tunisian Rihab Chaieb is a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, a 2016 winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and a rising star in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire.

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  • In the 2016-17 season, Chaieb will appear in two productions at the Metropolitan Opera, both under the baton of James Levine; in the autumn, she will sing Zulma in Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri, and in the spring will return as Cretan Mezzo in Mozart Idomeneo opposite Matthew Polenzani and Alice Coote. She also makes her Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach Magnificat in December 2016. In summer 2017 Chaieb returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Flora in Verdi La traviata, following her successful Glyndebourne debut in 2015 as Mércedès in David McVicar's production of Bizet Carmen.

    Recent operatic highlights include Tebaldo in Verdi Don Carlo at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Waltraute in Atom Egoyan’s production of Wagner Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company, where she also reprised the roles of Juno and Ino (cover) in Handel Semele, a co-production of the COC and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Chaieb also recently sang Octavian (cover) Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and made her role debuts as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco and Sesto La clemenza di Tito for the COC in their 2013 Ensemble Studio, both leading to major acclaim. In summer 2016, Chaieb also participated in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, attracting much attention and praise from industry professionals for her performances in Neumarkt.

    Her roles for the Canadian Opera have included Inez Il Trovatore, Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi, Tisbe La Cenerentola, second secretary to Mao Nixon in China, and French Mother Death in Venice. For the Ensemble Studio she performed Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Ino/Juno Semele, Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Third Lady The Magic Flute. She also covered roles including Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Page Salome, Le Pèlerin L’amour de loin and Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos, and performed Dido Dido and Aeneas with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and with Opéra de Montréal.

    Chaieb has worked with such renowned conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Steuart Bedford, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Johannes Debus, Paul Nadler, Helmuth Rilling, Pablo Heras-Casado and Leonardo Vordoni. Collaborations with acclaimed stage directors include Robert Carsen, Christopher Alden, James Robinson, Catherine Malfitano, Atom Egoyan, Charles Roubaud and Diane Paulus.

    Previously a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Chaieb studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Merola Opera Program, Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. She was awarded grants from Canada Arts Council, Conseil des Arts & Lettres du Québec and Conseil des Arts de Laval, and reached the semi-final of the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in 2013. She is also a prize winner of the George London Foundation Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Christina & Louis Quilico Awards, Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Auditions, and a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques du Canada. In January 2015, Chaieb was awarded the 2014 Bernard-Diamant Prize by the Canada Arts Council.

    2016-2017 / 542 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri
Metropolitan Opera

Cretan Mezzo Idomeneo
Metropolitan Opera

Flora La traviata
Glyndebourne Festival

Opera repertoire

Adams, John
Second Secretary to Mao Nixon in China

Erika Vanessa (Scenes)
Sally A Hand of Bridge

Mercedes Carmen 

French Mother Death in Venice

Second Priestess Iphigénie en Tauride 

Juno, Ino Semele
Sesto Giulio Cesare

Hansel Hansel and Gretel

Médée Thésée

Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon
Dulcinée; Garcias Don Quichotte
Charlotte Werther 

Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro
Sesto, Annio La clemenza di Tito 
Second and Third Lady Die Zauberflöte
Dorabella Così fan tutte (scenes)
Cretan Mezzo Idomeneo 

Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites

La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi
Suzy La rondine

Title role Dido & Aeneas

Angelica La Cenerentola
Tisbe La cenerentola 
Zulma L'Italiana in Algeri 

Pèlerin L'amour de loin

Strauss, J
Orlofsky Die Fledermaus

Strauss, R
Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos
Page of Herodias Salome
Octavian Der Rosenkavalier 

Baba the Turk, Mother Goose The Rake's Progress

Inez Il trovatore
Maddalena, Giovanna Rigoletto 
Flora La traviata 

Waltraute Die Walküre 

Concert repertoire

Les Nuits d’été 

2 Songs, Op. 91
Neue Liebeslieder

A Charm of Lullaby

Chansons de Bilitis

7 canciones populares españolas
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

5 cancones populares argentinas


Le Saluste du Bartas

Ruckert Lieder

Stabat Mater


From the Grammar of Dreams


For sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity, though, it would be hard to beat the Cherubino of mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, in an ebullient and beautifully modulated performance.

San Francisco Chronicle

Slightly-built Rihab Chaieb might not have been the most macho Sesto imaginable, but she wielded her colourful voice like a born Mozartian. Such excitement at the end of ‘Deh, per questo istante solo’!

National Post

As Inez, Rihab Chaieb gave an exhibition of vocal agility that was fabulous.


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